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Graeme Murray

Prince Harry 'chartered £30,000 private jet to fly to Balmoral on day Queen died'

Prince Harry chartered a £30,000 private jet to fly to Balmoral on day Queen died, it has been claimed.

The dad-of-two is then said to have found out about the late monarch's death from a phone app minutes before the aircraft landed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were already in the UK when the news emerged about the Queen's health began to filter through..

King Charles and Princess Anne were already with the Queen at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire.

Other royals including Princes Andrew, William and E dward flew into Aberdeen airport on a royal plane.

But Harry, who is longer a working royal since moving to the US with Meghan, spoke to his dad who reportedly made it 'very clear' Meghan was not welcome at Balmoral.

Prince Harry on his way to Balmoral on the day the Queen died (Michal Wachucik)

King Charles contacted his youngest son and said it was 'not appropriate' for her to be there, reports claim, which frustrated Harry.

A row then ensued where Harry tried to persuade his father to allow Meghan to join him.

After the dispute he missed the flight carrying his brother and uncles to Scotland and also a chance to say farewell to his grandmother.

A private plane was sent to take Harry to join the rest of the Royal Family as soon as possible

Reports initially suggested Harry found out about his grandmother's death via a phone call from his father.


The Telegraph, however claims says the call never made it through.

King Charles tried to reach Harry who knew he was trying to be contacted, but was unable to speak to him before the Queen died.

It is claimed Harry heard of the late monarch's passing through a notification on his phone about breaking news.

Palace sources, however, insisted the official announcement "was not made until all family members had been informed."

A source quoted in the Daily Mail said: "The official announcement was delayed until after everybody had been told.

Prince Harry boards a plane at Aberdeen International Airport (PA)

"Part of the issue was getting hold of the Duke of Sussex."

Images of Harry arriving at Balmoral showed him looking sombre and downcast.

He is said to have snubbed dinner with the King in anger over Meghan not being allowed to join him at Balmoral.

He is said to have eaten with Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, instead.

The claims have been denied by some with one source saying that "No invitation to dinner was made."

Other royal insiders said there was no planning or co-ordination involved in dinner arrangements. '

One said: "This is all less co-ordinated and more chaotic than people might think.

"It was a hard and upsetting day for everyone."

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